There seems to be some significance to the east in the Scriptures.
- The garden is planted in the east of Eden
- Cherubim are stationed on the east side of the Garden of Eden
- Parts of the burnt offering are to be thrown to the east side of the altar
- The tabernacle’s entrance faces east
- In Ezekiel’s vision God’s glory comes from the east and enters the temple from the east.
- The same temple faces east with a river flowing east from it
In some places it seems to have a negative connotation. For example, in the opening chapters of Genesis, moving eastward seems to signify moving into wickedness. But then in other places it seems like righteousness comes from the east. What associations would “east” have had? Is there some common symbolic significance to it?